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William Baron

Birthplace: Wrottesley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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Husband of Joan Knowles
Father of Jane Darrell

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  • 'William Baron, Esq., Teller of the Exchequer1,2,3
  • 'M, #90332, b. circa 1410
  • ' William Baron, Esq., Teller of the Exchequer was born circa 1410 at of Reading, Berkshire, England.1 He married Joan Knollys, daughter of Thomas Knollys and Isabell (?), circa 1433.3
  • 'Family Joan Knollys b. c 1412
  • Child
    • Jane Baron+1,2,3 b. c 1435, d. a 1481
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 484.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 91.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 80-81.
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  • 'Nunneries, learning, and spirituality in late medieval English society: the ... By Paul Lee
  • Pg. 173
  • This indicates that it was necessary for nuns at Dartford Priory to gain the permission of the prioress to possess books. External evidence provides indentification of 'William Baron and Parnel Wrattesley's family. William Baron married into the Knollys family of Hertfordshire, hence the armorial shield on folio 78. This, incidentally, gave him a kinship connection with another nun of Dartford. Baron was an executor of the will of his father in law Thomas Knolles, citizen and grocer of the city of London and owner of North Mimms manor in Hertfordshire, dated in February 1445-6, which included the bequest of 10 marks by Knolles to his daughter Sister Beatrice Knolles of Dartford Priory.30 William Baron armiger of Berkshire was at one time one of the four tellers of the Exchequer. 'His daughter and heir Jane Baron in c. 1456
  • Pg. 174
  • married Sir Walter Wrottesley of Staffordshire. Sir Walter was at one time a sheriff of that county, and as governor of Calais and a merchant of the Staple was pardoned for his involvement in Fauconbridge's rebellion in 1471, before dying in 1473. The parchment Wrottesley family pedigree shows that Parnell, the nun of Dartford, was the fifth daughter of Sir Walter Wrottesley and Jane Baron. 'William Baron, who donated the manuscript to Dame Parnel, was therefore strictly speaking her grandfather rather than her uncle, as the inscription suggests.31' In 1531, William Wrottesley of Reading, a wealthy gentleman resident in the parish of St Olave's Sliver Street, London, bequeathed to 'Dame Parnell beynge w'tin the nonry of Dertforde' 13s. 4d., his best 'furre' and his beast coral beads 'gawded' with silver and gilt, to pray for his soul, in his will dated 26 December and proved 4 February 1512-13.32 William did not say that Dame Parnell was related to him, but the family pedigree shows that she was his sister and that he was 'Sir Walter's second son. William had inherited the Baron estates in Berkshire from his mother, which explains his connections with Reading revealed in the will'. As fifth daughter with one brother born in 1457, Parnel must have been born after 1462 (six years after their parents' marriage) but before 1473 (Sir Walter's death). ......
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  • 'Page:Dictionary of National Biography volume 63.djvu/192
  • WROTTESLEY, Sir WALTER (d. 1473), captain of Calais, was eldest son of Hugh Wrottesley (d 1464) and his wife Thomasine, daughter of Sir John Gresley of Drakelaw. The family, whose name seems originally to have been Verdon, had been settled at Wrottesley in Staffordshire for many centuries, the first to adopt the name Wrottesley being William de Verdon, who succeeded to the manor in 1199, and died in 1242 (see the elaborate history of the family in the course of publication in the Genealogist, vols. xv. xvi. et seq.). Walter was a firm adherent of Warwick ‘the king-maker,’ and on 7 Nov. 1460 he was appointed sheriff of Staffordshire. Apparently he held the office for the usual term, undisturbed by the varying fortunes of the party. On 26 Jan. 1461–2 he is styled a ‘king's knight,’ and was granted the manors of Ramsham and Penpole, Dorset, formerly belonging to William Neville, earl of Kent. Grants of the manors of Clynte, Hondesworth, and Mere in Staffordshire, formerly belonging to the Lancastrian James Butler, earl of Wiltshire [q. v.], soon followed, and on 14 June 1463 Wrottesley was one of those to whom Warwick was allowed to alienate manors and castles, although their reversion might belong to the crown. Wrottesley joined Warwick in his attempt to overthrow the Woodvilles, and when in 1471 the king-maker restored Henry VI, Wrottesley was put in command of Calais, a stronghold of the Nevilles. After Warwick's defeat and death at Barnet on 14 April, Wrottesley surrendered Calais to Edward IV on condition of a free pardon. He died in 1473, and is said to have been buried in Greyfriars Church, London. 'By his wife Jane, daughter of William Baron of Reading', he left two sons—Richard, who succeeded him, and was sheriff of Staffordshire in 1492–3; and William—and three daughters. His descendant, Sir Walter Wrottesley (d. 1659), was created a baronet on 30 Aug. 1642, and the seventh baronet, Sir Richard Wrottesley (d. 1769), dean of Worcester, was grandfather of John, first baron
  • Wrottesley [see Wrottesley, John, second Baron].
  • [The history of the Wrottesley family in the Genealogist only extends (1900) to the fourteenth century. See also Hist. MSS. Comm. 4th Rep. App. pp. 339, 341; see also Black's Cat. Ashmolean MSS.; Addit. MSS. 5524 f. 223 b, 29995 f. 164 b; Cal. Patent Rolls Edward IV, vol. i. passim; Warkworth's Chron. (Camden Soc.), p. 19; Paston Letters, ii. 37; Lists of Sheriffs, 1898; Fabyan's Chron.; Shaw's Staffordshire, ii. 205; Simms's Bibl. Staffordiensis; Oman's Warwick the Kingmaker; Burke's Peerage, 1899.] A. F. P.
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Wrottesley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 35
Reading, Berkshire, England